ERIC Number: ED338249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Information Systems in the University of Saskatchewan Libraries: A Vision for the 1990s.
Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Libraries.
This report describes the vision of the Information Systems Advisory Committee (ISAC) of an Information Systems Model for the 1990s. It includes an evaluation of the present automation environment at the university, a vision of library automation at the University of Saskatchewan between 1994 and 1999, and specific recommendations on such issues as the future development of in-house systems, the integration of print and electronic media, training, in-house databases, and the cost-effectiveness of automation endeavors. The report is divided into six major sections. Sections 1 and 2 highlight the creation and role of ISAC and present an analysis of the university libraries' organizational values and philosophy. Section 3 provides the committee's analysis of the current environment at the university and the university libraries, including staffing, collection formats, access issues, records management, acquisitions, and funding. Section 4 addresses the issues and problems arising from this analysis and sets out a suggested "geography" of the structure of systems support that will be necessary to successfully implement this plan. Thirty-nine recommendations are given which anticipate changes that will have an impact on libraries in the next 5 to 10 years. These environmental changes are described in Section 5 and a 5-year plan is outlined. Section 6 presents a "reality scan" which identifies campus-wide, provincial, regional, and international factors and events that could either enhance or impede the pace at which all of the recommendations can be implemented. Concluding the report are six appendixes that contain a formal record of ISAC's work and membership, the program for the ISAC Technology Scan, the ISAC Staff Survey Sub-Committee's executive summary and major recommendations, a description of an information literacy laboratory, and a 62-item bibliography. (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Libraries.